DANCE TECHNIQUES - 2017/8

Module code: MUTM020

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader

KERRIDGE RL Miss (GSA)

Number of Credits

15

ECT Credits

15

Framework

FHEQ Level 7

JACs code

W500

Module cap (Maximum number of students)

N/A

Module Availability

Semester 1

Overall student workload

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Practical based assessment JAZZ PRACTICAL PROCESS ASSESSMENT 30%
Practical based assessment BALLET PRACTICAL PROCESS ASSESSMENT 40%
Practical based assessment TAP PRACTICAL PROCESS ASSESSMENT 30%

Alternative Assessment

In the event of a student being unable to complete any specific component of the module a resit opportunity will be arranged where they will be required to attend a viva voce to present a critical analysis of their work which has been previously documented as part of their process through the module.To be determined by the unit/module that is incomplete.

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Enrolment on Voice and Acting, Singing and Audition Techniques, Research and Rehearsal.

Module overview

The Dance module seeks to develop and refine a secure and consistent technique in Dance and physical skills.

Central to the module are classes in Jazz, Ballet and Tap as well as other styles such as Social Dance, Contemporary or Musical Theatre styles.

It aims to improve posture and placing and to develop the requisite strength and flexibility necessary to sustain a career in musical theatre. All classes will concentrate on development of technique, presentation, style and vocabulary.

The aims of this compulsory module are to develop and extend existing knowledge and ability and to develop a secure and consistent fundamental technique. It will focus not only on the physical requirements of the individual disciplines but also on the understanding and application of terminology and the ability to incorporate a sense of performance.

Module aims

To enable an advanced understanding of essential dance styles and techniques

To further the development of stylistic consistency and ease of performance appropriate to Musical Theatre practice, within the context of present and emerging industry requirements.

To establish the theatrical concepts of dance within the Musical Theatre traditions and to ensure its practice as an extension of dramatic expression

To enable the students to take responsibility for the preparation of their own bodies.

To build upon existing knowledge and to extend and develop individual progress

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Demonstrate a competent vocabulary of movement/dance steps and execute given choreography with a sense of performance and style. KCPT
Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of physical musical theatre styles KCPT
Convey period, character, mood and energy through the medium of accurately executed dance KCPT
Understand and be able to apply safe, autonomous methods of working physically KCPT
Improvise and devise dance in a physically embodied way KCPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Weekly group classes in ballet, jazz, tap and modular classes in social dance, contemporary, musical theatre styles and/or core strengthening.

Methods of Teaching / Learning


Practical, skills based and tutor led group sessions following traditional dance class formats.
Jazz, Ballet and Tap classes are streamed by ability to ensure appropriate learning contexts for all levels of competence.
Students are re-assessed at regular intervals and may be re-allocated to higher or lower class levels

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate. Practical levels of understanding and skill in dance.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

 Jazz: Practical Process Assessment – 30%

Week 13

 

Student Activity Link to Learning Outcome(s)


Posture & placement (including upper body & armline) 1,2,3,4
Use of legs & feet 1,2,3,4
Musicality, style & presentation 1,2,3,4,5
Use of Facility 1,2,3,4,5
Applying correction & work ethic 1,2,3,4
Progress 1,2,3,4,5


Ballet: Practical Process Assessment – 40%

Week 13

Student Activity Link to Learning Outcome(s)

 


Posture & placement (including upper body & armline) 1,2,3,4
Strength 1,2,3,4
Use of legs & feet 1,2,3,4
Musicality, style & presentation 1,2,3,4,5
Use of Facility 1,2,3,4
Applying correction & work ethic 1,2,3,4
Progress 1,2,3,4,5


Tap: Practical Process Assessment - 30%

Week 14

Student Activity Link to Learning Outcome(s)

 


Use of relaxation and mobility of knees and ankles 1,2,3,4
Demonstration of rhythm & syncopation 1,2,3,4,5
Clarity of beating and use of accent 1,2,3,4
Demonstration of line, style & presentation 1,2,3,4,5
Applying correction and work ethic 1,2,3,4
Progress 1,2,3,4,5


Formative assessment and feedback

Formative: Formative Process Assessment and Self assessment

(PRACTICAL- FORMATIVE: Weighting 0%)

 

This is a practical formative assessment that provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate and receive formative feedback in preparation for the summative assessments. Students receive verbal and written feedback and also benefit from personal tutorials where this feedback can be discussed after reflection. This will take place in each class.

Student Activity Link to Learning Outcome(s)


Posture & placement (including upper body & armline) 1,2,3,4
Strength 1,2,3,4
Use of legs & feet 1,2,3,4
Musicality, style & presentation 1,2,3,4,5
Use of Facility 1,2,3,4,5
Applying correction & work ethic 1,2,3,4,5
Progress 1,2,3,4,5
Use of relaxation and mobility of knees and ankles 1,2,3,4
Demonstration of rhythm & syncopation 1,2,3,4,5
Clarity of beating and use of accent 1,2,3,4,5
Demonstration of line, style & presentation 1,2,3,4,5

Reading list

Reading list for DANCE TECHNIQUES : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/mutm020

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.